Student is left ‘disgusted’ after her halls BINNED ‘everything she owns’ including documents, a camera and ‘irreplaceable’ childhood keepsakes when she was forced to leave due to Covid-19
- Hannah Mullins, from London, had made appointment to collect her belongings
- Graphic design student was ‘sad and disgusted’ to find her room clear of items
- Says irreplaceable childhood items have been thrown away along with uni work
- Medication, prescriptions, personal details, bank statements also thrown out
- Had been told her belongings would be kept safe when she had to go home
A student was left ‘disgusted’ after her university halls threw away ‘everything she owns’ when she wasn’t allowed to return to her accomodation because of Covid-19.
Hannah Mullins, from London, who studies graphic design at the University of Brighton, had made an appointment to collect her belongings after she was forced to leave the accommodation at the start of the pandemic in March.
However she returned to find her room had been completely cleared out, with ‘irreplaceable’ childhood items, cameras, clothes, medication, prescriptions and personal documents all thrown away.
Posting on Facebook, Hannah’s sister Holly revealed that two other students had also had their rooms cleared out and thousands of pounds worth of items including TVs and laptops chucked.
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Hannah Mullins, pictured, from London, who studies graphic design at the University of Brighton, was left ‘disgusted’ after a university halls threw away ‘everything she owns’
Posting on Facebook , Hannah’s sister Holly revealed that two other students had had their rooms cleared out and thousands of pounds worth of items including TV’s and laptops
‘My sister had to come home from her BRIGHTON UNIVERSITY halls ‘KAPLAN LIVING’ in March and was not allowed to return due to coronavirus’, wrote Holly. ‘We were told her belongings would be safe in her room until we came to collect them.’
She went on to emphasise that Hannah received no information from the accommodation about clearing her room, and says her ‘privacy had been completely invaded’.
‘We booked a slot for today 20.08.20. Her key wasn’t working firstly. When we finally got access to the room it was completely empty of EVERYTHING she owns,’ Holly went on.
‘Cameras, clothes, trainers, personal sentimental items, photos, hundreds of pounds of skincare and make-up.
Hannah made an appointment to collect her belongings after she was forced to leave the accommodation at the start of the pandemic, however she returned to find her room had been completely cleared out
Hannah was devastated to discover irreplaceable childhood items, medication, prescriptions, personal details, bank statements all thrown away – and was told to ‘look in the bins’ where she discovered mountains of bin bags containing other students’ belongings
‘All her uni work thrown away. She had childhood items in that room which now cannot be replaced. Most importantly her privacy completely invaded as someone has gone through her things without consent.
‘Her medication, prescriptions, personal details, bank statements have also been thrown god knows where! Which is a breach of GDPR.’
Hannah’s twin sister Holly went on to claim that there were ‘hundreds’ of rubbish bags full of personal belongings by the bins, including clothes, shoes, passports and medication.￼
She added: ‘We then went to reception to ask if it had been stored elsewhere and they couldn’t tell us. They then said “you can look in the bins if you want”. So we did. We saw hundreds of black bags full of peoples personal belongings. Clothes, shoes, passports, medication.￼
‘We have NO answers and sadly we don’t have her things. Brighton University & Kaplan Living Brighton CANNOT get away with this. Other girls also had their stuff taken including TVs, laptops.
Hannah’s twin sister Holly went on to claim that there were ‘hundreds’ of rubbish bags full of personal belongings, including clothes, shoes, passports and medication
‘The kitchens were also completely clear of all belongings. So sad and so disgusted at the lack of care considering.’
A spokesperson from Kaplan Living Brighton told BBC News in a statement: ‘[We] have been working closely with students who returned home before the end of term due to the Covid-19 pandemic in order to arrange for them to collect their belongings.
‘We became aware today that two rooms had been cleared in error and we are currently investigating how that could have happened.
‘This should not have occurred and we offer our sincere apologies to the two students affected. We have reached out to the two students affected and will of course compensate them for the loss of any items that have been cleared.’
FEMAIL has contacted Kaplan Living for comment.
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